Racing to School is a free education programme for pupils and students of all ages delivered at racecourses throughout the UK, including here at Haydock Park Racecourse. The Racing to School programme is run by the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust, a registered charity.
Racing to School uses the context of the horseracing industry to equip over 10,000 children each year with better numeracy and literacy skills and supports pupils to develop their problem solving, team-work and communication skills. For 8,500 of these children Racing to School is their very first racecourse experience, sparking the interest of children and young people who could be the racegoers, industry employees or racing ambassadors of the future.
Here at Haydock Park Racecourse we support Racing to School by opening our doors and giving local children unique access behind the scenes. The activities are delivered by BHEST’s team of Education Officers, including former teachers, jockeys and members of the racing fraternity. Children participate in a range of literacy and numeracy challenges around the racecourse, including calculating weights in the weighing room, measuring the perimeter of the parade ring and looking at the construction of fences out on the track itself.
BHEST relies on donations to keep running Racing to School for free and support pupils from all backgrounds, including those from deprived and inner city areas and children with special educational needs.
To support Racing to School, or find out more about their work please visit the BHEST website – www.bhest.co.uk To arrange a Racing to School day for your school please contact BHEST’s Lead Education Officer, Ollie Mc Phail at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01608 652013.